Mark E Hoversten at the Designlife Award Gala
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Designlife Award Gala

Introducing our 2020 Designlife Award Recipient: William V. "Bill" Bell

The Designlife Award Gala will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 6 pm at the Angus Barn Pavilion. The event will include dinner followed by dancing. Tickets coming soon.

Eight-time Durham Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell will be honored for his design legacy at the 23rd annual Designlife gala for leading the transformation of the city of Durham from a fading tobacco town into a thriving cultural community. Read more

Read more about the Designlife Award

View the list of 2020 Gala Sponsors | The 2020 Gala Invitation

Visit the College of Design’s flickr account for images from the 2019 Designlife Award Gala!

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Previous Designlife Award Recipients

2020 – Bill Bell
2019 – Stephen Hill
2018 – Frank Harmon
2017 – Marvin Malecha
2016 – Charman Driver + Frank Thompson
2015 – Steve Schuster*
2014 – Mitchell Silver
2013 – Clancy & Theys

2012 – Philip Freelon*
2011 – William Ivey Long
2010 – Greg Hatem
2009 – Tom Darden
2008 – Jim Goodmon
2007 – Ann Goodnight
2006 – Lawrence Wheeler
2005 – Gail Lindsey*

2004 – Richard Curtis
2003 – Myrick Howard
2002 – Thomas Sayre
2001 – Betty Ray McCain
2000 – Mary Ann* and Samuel Scherr*
1999 – Harvey Gantt
1998 – George Matsumoto and Duncan Stuart*

* denotes deceased

Designlife Gala sponsorships support the Design Professional Outreach Fund. All funds are managed by the NC State University Foundation.